Premedical Office
Xavier University
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Box 120C
New Orleans, LA 70125

Full-Time Staff
Quo Vadis Maria Webster, MA, LPC
Premedical Adviser
(504) - 520-7437
Part-Time Staff
JW Carmichael, Jr.
Director of Premed Program
Professor of Chemistry



The AMCAS, AADSAS, etc. Application Process

This document is intended to provide an overview of the process used in applying to medical or dental schools. It consists of the frequently asked questions of potential medical/dental school applicants. It has a number of related documents...

When Should a Student Apply? The process of applying to medical or dental school is long, tedious, and time consuming. In order to have everything completed in time to maximize one's chance of gaining acceptance without interfering with school work, a student should generally start the application process about 24 months before he/she wishes to enter a medical or dental. A detailed checklist of what to do when is provided in #5 of this series.Where Does One Apply for Medical or Dental School? Most medical and dental schools in the United States do not accept applications directly from students. Instead, they require that you apply through central application services (AMCAS for medical school, AADSAS for dental school, AACPMAS for podiatry school, etc.) which evaluates and "package" your application before sending the information to the schools to which you wish to apply. There is, of course, a fee for processing your application. When the schools to which you have applied receive your application from the central service, most then send you a "secondary" application which you complete and return with more $$. Some medical schools with multiple campuses do not use AMCAS or AADSAS (such as U Texas and U Illinois) but instead run their own central services. You should refer to the Medical School Admissions Requirements or Dental Admissions Requirements books (available in the Premedical Office) to determine whether or not the school participates in AMCAS/AADSAS. Guidance in completing the AMCAS/AADSAS forms is provided in documents #5 and #7 of this series.What are the centralized application services for the various health professions?

  • The centralized application service for medical (M.D.) schools is AMCAS (American Medical College Application Service). For more information visit http://www.aamc.org/students/amcas/start.htm.The centralized application service for most medical medical (M.D.) and dental schools in Texas is http://www.utsystem.edu/tmdsas/. The centralized application service for medical (D.O.) schools is AACOMAS (American Colleges of Osteopathic Medical Application Service). For more information visit https://aacomas.aacom.org/. The centralized application service for dental school (D.D.S. or D.M.D.) schools is AADSAS (American Association of Dental Schools Application Service). For more information visit http://www.adea.org/AADSAS/default.htm.The centralized application service for Podiatry (P.D.) schools is ACPMAS (American Colleges of Podiatric Medicine College Application Service). For more information visit http://www.e-aacpmas.org/.
  • The centralized application service for Veterinary (D.V.M.) schools is VMCAS (Veterinary Medical College Application Service). For more information visit http://www.aavmc.org/vmcas/vmcas.htm.

General Advice For the Application Process

  • Never underestimate the positive impact of submitting your application early or the negative one of having it arrive at the last minute. Many schools view "last-minute" applicants as being uncertain that they really want to apply. As a result, last-minute applications hurt your chance of acceptance. Under no circumstances should you leave the "Personal Statement" part of the application vacant. Doing so makes you appear to be lazy or, even worse, having nothing to write about.Be sure that you get someone to proof your application. Typos or grammatical mistakes hurt you. Do not rely only on the spellcheck tool in your wordprocessing program.It may be that you find it necessary to telephone one or more of the schools during the application process. If so, make certain that you immediately send a letter verifying what you have learned, agreed upon, or whatever.Do as your mama taught you--send thank you notes to anyone you stay with on interviews, persons who wrote evaluations when you get your first acceptance, etc. You may need them again.
  • If you know exactly which school you wish to attend and have good grades/MCAT scores, you should check in Medical Admissions Requirements to see if the school has an "Early Decision Plan."


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